The BMW 530d presents the most torque in the range from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine pumping out a massive 620Nm as well as a very healthy 195kW. BMW claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds and a fuel economy figure of 4.7L/100km on the combined cycle.
By way of comparison, the E-Class range kicks off with turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel four-cylinder models. The petrol E 200 is priced from $89,900 and the 520d’s three-pointed star equivalent, the E 220d, is $1000 less than the Beemer at $92,900.
As part of that value-add, Aussie 540s will get Adaptive Drive Dynamic Roll Stabilisation as standard equipment. We didn’t drive a car so-equipped. The 540i sDrive (rear-wheel drive) test car was every inch the BMW we expected, so hopefully the cleverer suspension doesn’t upset the balance and poise of the basic package.
The current BMW 5 and 7 Series are able to maintain their position in a lane on a clearly marked highway and, for the 5 Series, it is be able to change lanes on its own. It’s likely that BMW will use the introduction of the next 7 Series in 2021 to showcase its first fully autonomous vehicle.